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Nicholas Lake UE

1755 - bef. 1803

Sidney Township, Hastings County

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Why I am interested in this family.
Phoebe Lake, daughter of Nicholas Lake, married a John Smith so I needed to know more about Nicholas Lake to help identify which John Smith she married. It is my conclusion that Phoebe Lake married John Smith, the son of
James Smith Esq, who first settled at the mouth of the Trent River. See the argument more fully developed in section 9 of the above web page on James Smith Esq.

In 1797 Nicholas petitions that he has 10 children and interestingly all ten survived to adulthood and petitioned as sons and daughters of the loyalist. They are identified below with transcriptions of the records found so far. More contemporary records are welcome - send them along if you wish.



This is a long web page so use these links to jump up and down.
  1. Overview
  2. Nicholas Lake records
  3. A Chart of the 10 children of Nicholas Lake and his wife, Rhody Broodwell.
  4. Records for each child
    1. Margaret
    2. Phebe
    3. Elizabeth
    4. Hannah
    5. Richard
    6. Mary
    7. Sarah
    8. John
    9. Letty
    10. James
  5. Other LAKE loyalists
1. OVERVIEW
Nicholas Lake is identified in a number of on line lineages as being born on 18 May 1755, White Creek, Rensselaer Co., New York and he married Rhody Broodwell. Another on line source says he was born 1750 in Sommerset, NJ and his parents were John Lake and Margaret Snyder. There seems to be agreement that he married Rhody or Rhonda Broodwell or Bradwell. This researcher has not seen contemporary records to support these assertions.

In Nicholas's two petitions he states that he joined in 1777 under General Burgoyne, employed in intelligence and was taken prisoner after Burgoyne's defeat. He also states that he was a private in Col Eatons Regiment.

In 1797 he declares that he has a wife and ten children, 3 are boys and the youngest is 3, with one married.

In the various petitions of his children it is stated that he first settled in Ernestown and then later in Sidney Township. A few also declare that he was "late of Thurlow" at the end of his life.

The Aug 1803 petition of his daughter Hannah states that Nicholas is deceased. This is the earliest record determining his death to be before Aug 1803.



2. NICHOLAS LAKE RECORDS
PETITION 1790
The memorial of Nicholas Lake, late private in Colonel Eatons Regiment, humbly Sheweth, That your Lordships memorialist has received 200 acres of land under the Instructions of 1783 & having duly improved the same, Humbly prays that his Lordship's Bounty of 200 cares may be assigned him in the Eighth Townshp.
[signed] Nicholas Lake
Kingston 14 December 1790
[fold]
No 462, rejected, Report page 3, 15 Dec 1790
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V306, LMisc/20, 1788-1795, C-2138

PETITION 1797
... The Honorable petition of Nicholas Lake sheweth - your petitioner joined his Majestys Standard in the year 1777 - then under the command General Burgoyne - and your Petitioner was constantly employed in his Majestys forces -  intelligence and in other of his Majestys services untill he was taken prisoner - and when General Burgoyne surrendered in Saratg {Saratoga} - himself to made prisoner - I had to fly to the Country and there was made prisoner and let to go after I was liberated from Prison - one of his Majestys Officers By the name of Ellijah Bottom {a private in the Queens Loyal Rangers which is the same unit Nicholas Lake served in} cauld on me with his Majestys Directions and told me I had better remain in the situation I was in in order to aid and assist his Majestys Mesingers - the Honorable John Merman? Esq is acquainted with me and ?? is ---- at Little White Creek in York State.   Esq Perrot answering? to my employment. {Perrot is probably James Parrot, who was a lieutenant in the Queen's Loyal Rangers and I believe became a Justice of the Peace after the war.}

Your petitioner has a large family and has never received but two hundred acres of his Majestys lands - I have a wife and ten children three of which is Boys - the youngest is three years of age the rest is since of lawful age and one married - I now pray  ..... and grant me such privelege as is his pleasure ....
[signed] Nicholas Lake
Recomd by Mr Peter J Smith Esq
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Rec'd 26 Jan 1797 and read 11 Nov 1797. Recomended for 750 acres to close all claims. [Warrant] 13 Nov 1797
Notes: The notes added in {italics} are from Todd Braisted who maintains the excellent On-Line Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies web site. Thanks Todd.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V284, L3/3, 1797, C-2124

LAND
Note: Nicholas Lake is granted lot 36, Con 5, Sidney.
See 1797 Sidney map, Saylor web site

MIDLAND DISTRICT c1800
Nicholas Lake - granted lot 36, Con 4, Sidney
Source: Return For Midland District, Schedules and Rolls, 1794 - 1922, Vol 5 - 16, Vol 11, c1800, RG1-30-0-5, MS400, reel 7, AO

LOYALIST CLAIMS
No claim is made by Nicholas Lake for a claim against Loyalist losses.
Source: Loyalist Claims for Losses:  The Second Report of The Bureau of Archives For the Province of Ontario, Subtitle: United Empire Loyalists, Enquiry into the Losses and Services in Consequence of Their Loyalty, Evidence in the Canadian Claims, 1904, Alexander Fraser.
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3. CHART of the 10 CHILDREN OF NICHOLAS LAKE and RHODY BROODWELL
Unless birth year is known, the birth order is estimated by ordering the children based on petition date assuming that each child petitions for land close to becoming 21 years old.

See the extensive lineage of this family on "Ancestors of David Scott Millage". Thanks to Virginia Hannay for finding this site.

NICHOLAS LAKE was possibly born 18 May 1755 in White Creek, Rensselaer Co., New York, and died Bef. 13 Aug 1803.  He married RHODY BROODWELL. 
Children of N
ICHOLAS LAKE and RHODY BROODWELL are:

                   i.    MARGARET LAKE, m. JOHN LONGWELL.

2.               ii.    PHEBE LAKE, b. Abt. 1779. m. John Smith son of James Smith Esq of the mouth of the River Trent.

3.              iii.    ELIZABETH LAKE, b. 10 May 1777, Schaghticoke, Renesselaer, New York.

                 iv.    HANNAH LAKE, m. JOHN HAGERMAN.

                  v.    RICHARD LAKE.

                 vi.    MARY LAKE, b. 18 Jul 1781, Staten Island, NY; d. 16 Mar 1842, bur. Elmwood Cem, Picton; m. SAMUEL REED, Abt. 1796, Thurlow; b. 22 Sep 1770, Long Island; d. 21 Jun 1850, bur. Elmwood Cem, Picton.

                vii.    SARAH LAKE, m. SOLOMON REED, Thurlow; b. Abt. 1765.

               viii.    JOHN LAKE. m. Elizabeth Sherrard, dau of William Sherrard UE

                 ix.    LETTY LAKE, m. JOHN SINE.

                  x.    JAMES LAKE.

 Generation No. 2 

2.  PHEBE LAKE (NICHOLAS) was born Abt. 1779.  She married (1) JOHN SMITH, son of JAMES SMITH.  He was born Abt. 1772.  She married (2) JOHN SMITH, son of JAMES SMITH.  He was born Abt. 1772.
Children of P
HEBE LAKE and JOHN SMITH are:

                   i.    SILAS3 SMITH, b. Abt. 1797.

                  ii.    POLLY SMITH, b. Abt. 1799.

 3.  ELIZABETH LAKE (NICHOLAS) was born 10 May 1777 in Schaghticoke, Renesselaer, New York.  She married RICHARD SMITH.  He died Abt. 1835.
Child of E
LIZABETH LAKE and RICHARD SMITH is:

                   i.    RHODA SMITH, m. STEPHEN GILBERT; b. 1798; d. Bet. 1861 - 1871.

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4. RECORDS FOR EACH CHILD

1. Margaret Lake
PETITION 1790
Kingston, 14 Dec 1790, The Memorial of Margaret Longwell alias Lake daughter of Nicholas Lake, late private in Colonel Peters Regiment. .... being married to John Longwell ... prays that 200 acres of land may be assigned her as a DUE in the Eighth Township [Sidney]. [signed] Margaret Longwill
[fold] No 461, rejected. Report page 3, 15 Dec 1790
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC website, V306, L Misc 1788-1795/130, 1790, Mecklenburg, 8th Tp, C-2138, starts at image 392.

7 Nov 1797, York, petition of John Longwill has had a grant of one hundred acres begs for further 100 acres - and such other quantity to his wife as the daughter of a UE loyalist as persons in her circumstances are intitled to .... [signed] John Longwill and Margaret Longwill.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC website, V284, 1797, L3/26, C-2125, starts at image 6.

PLBQ
In the Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte it is stated that John Longwell, b 1757, "married Margaret, daughter of John Lake, a pioneer."
Source: PLBQ, p. 507

MARRIAGE
48. John Longwill, Ernestown; Margaret Lake, same, 15 Sept., 1790
Matthew Clark, Samuel McCoy, Jas. Languil, Abrbm. Lake.
Source: Marriage record of Rev John Langhorn, OHS, Paper and Record, Vol 1, 1899, Bill Martin's web site.

BURIAL
A headstone in the Longwell Cemetery reads,
"John Longwell U.E.L, 1757-1841, His wife, Margaret Lake U.E.L, 1760-1847"
Brain Lake sent a photo of this headstone and concludes that "Margaret could not be a child of Nicholas and Rhody" if she was born in 1760 and Nicholas was born c1755. However Margaret does clearly petition as a daughter of Nicholas Lake. Perhaps the birth date on the headstone is incorrect. Brian goes on to write that, "I am  not sure where I got the info but I have Margaret born 1773 and died in 1847." That sounds more reasonable.
Source: email from Brian Lake, including photo of headstone, Nov 2013

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2. Phoebe Lake
BIRTH
In the 1803 Murray census, the wife of John Smith is named as Polly and given the age of 24. In 1808 she is named as Phebe. It is my contention that Polly is an error and his wife was Phebe all along. At 24 in 1803 she would be born about 1779.

PETITION 1797- PHEBE LAKE, wife of John Smith
10 May 1797, Sydney, Humble petitioner Pheby Lake, now wife of John Smith, daughter of Nicholas Lake, lawelist [loyalist], now wife as is settarth? to the ligne [sic] subject of His Majesty Prays she may receive lands ….
[fold] rec’d 26 Aug 1797, Phebe Smith formerly Phebe Lake, recommended for 200 acres, warrant 13 Nov 1797, described 6197
Source: UCLP, RG 1 L3, LAC, S3/252, 1797, V450a, C-2807

WARRANT
The register book of Fiats and Warrants does not indicate a lot, concession and township for her grant.
Source: Register of Fiats and Warrants, RG 1 C-1-3, Vol 81, p. 34, AO, MS 693, reel 105

MARRIAGE
It is my conclusion that Phoebe Lake married John Smith, the son of James Smith Esq, who first settled at the mouth of the Trent River. See the argument more fully developed in section 9 of the above web page on James Smith Esq.
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3. Elizabeth (Betsy) Lake
PETITION 1797
Petition of Betsy Smith ... that she is the daughter of Nicholas Lake a UE Loyalist and prays for 200 acres of land
[signed] Nicholas Lake
for my daughter
Betsy Smith
York 6 Nov 1797
[fold]
recd 6 Nov 1797
read 11 Nov 97
Recommend for 200 acres
AW 13 Nov 1797
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V450a, S3/249, C-2807

RICHARD SMITH
A number of genealogists have speculated that Betsy married Richard Smith. This researcher has not seen any contemporary record to verify the assertion.
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4. Hannah Lake
PETITION 1803
Sydney 13 Aug 1803
The petition of Hannah Hagerman, wife of John Hagerman of the Township of Sydney and daughter of the late Nicholas Lake of Sydney, a UE Loyalist. Your petitioner is of age and married and has never received any lands ... prays  for 200 acres. [signed] her mark
Caleb Gilbert Esq , JP, sworn that she is upwards of twenty one years and married ..... and certifies that Hannah Hagerman is the person she described ....
[fold] Rec'd 22 Mar 1804, Nicholas Lake appears on the UE list. In Council 25 Sept 1804, recommended for 200 acres as DUE.
Warrant L51 issued 19 May 1807 by Coonrad Frederick by power of Attorney
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, V225a, 1804-06, H7/23, C-2045

PETITION 94 John Hagerman
6 Apr 1796 John Hagerman, of twenty one years of age, born in the State of new York .... prays for 200 acres.
[fold] Read 26 June 1797, Recommended for 200 acres, 28 June in Council, Warrant issued on the fathers? petition bundle H2 No 77

HAGERMAN
The Hagerman name is well known in the early record as Nicholas Hagerman was the first lawyer in the Midland District and his son Christopher was a judge as well. In checking PLBQ [431-35] there is no indication of how this John Hagerman fits into the family.

MARRIAGE
John Johannus Hagerman born 1776 NY died 1850 Port Hope married Hannah Lake (born 1784 NY) married on February 13th 1833
Source: email Aug 2012, Virginia Hannay, no citation given.

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5. Richard Lake
PETITION 1807
Adolphustown, 27 Jan 1807, Petition of Richard Lake of Sidney, is the son of Nicholas Lake, UE Loyalist, deceased and has never received lands ... prays 200 acres  ... and that Mt John Detlor of the Town of York may locate the said land and receive a deed ....

Personally appeared before Alexander Fisher, Hazelton Spencer, Daniel Wright and John Embury Esquires, JP's ... Richard Lake son of Nicholas Lake, late of the Township of Sidney, UE Loyalist, deceased maketh oath ....
[signed] his mark
Richard Lake is the son of Nicholas Lake, formerly of Ernestown, but late of Thurlow, deceased. I certify the above to be true. [signed] John Reed
York 11 Oct 1809
[fold] Rec'd 11 Oct 1809 from Samuel Rosebush, Read in Council 17 Oct 1809, recommended for 200 acres as SUE, Warrant Q75 issued to Attny Genl Office next day.
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V286, L9/24, 1810-16, C-2126
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6. Mary Lake
PETITION 1807
30 Jan 1807, Petition of Mary Reed wife of Samuel Reed of Thurlow, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Sydney an UE Loyalist that she is married to Samuel Reed of Thurlow, yeoman and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres and permits Thomas Dorland of Adolphustown Esq to be her agent [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Samuel Sherwood JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 30 Jan 1807
[fold] Rec'd 7 Feb 1807 from Thomas Dorland Esq. Nicholas Lake is on the UE List, Read in Council 17 Feb 1807, recommended for 200 acres. Warrant J46 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 20 Feb 1807
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V426, 1806-08, R8/31, C-2741

SAMUEL REED
Samuel was born 22 Sep 1770 and died 21 Jun 1850 and is the brother of Lt John Reid, of Thurlow.
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7. Sarah Lake
PETITION 1807
5 Feb 1807, Petition of Sarah Reed wife of Solomon Reed of Thurlow, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Thurlow [sic] an UE Loyalist that she is of age and married and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres  [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Alexander Chisholm JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 5 Jan 1807
[fold]  Rec'd 23 Feb 1807 from Thomas Dorland Esq. Nicholas Lake is on the UE List, Read in Council 28 Feb 1807, recommended for 200 acres. Warrant Z46 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 3 Mar 1807
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V426, 1806-08, R8/33, C-2741

SOLOMON REED
Solomon was born about 1765 and is the brother of Lt John Reid, of Thurlow.
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8. John Lake
PETITION 1811
24 Jan 1811, Petition of John Lake of Sidney, is the son of Nicholas Lake, UE Loyalist, has arrived at the age of 21 and taken the oath of allegiance and has never received lands ... prays 200 acres  ... and that Mt John Detlor of the Town of York to be his agent  ....
Sworn before Alexander Fisher, and maketh oath .... [also signed by] John Longwill
[signed] his mark
York 11 Oct 1809
[fold] Rec'd 14 March 1811 from Peter Caverley, Read in Council 26 mar 1811, recommended for 200 acres as SUE, Warrant L96 issued to Attny Genl Office 30 Mar 1811
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V286, L10/9, 1810-16, C-2126

PETITION of wife
[Undated] Elizabeth Lake, Thurlow, daughter of William Sharrard, of Sidney, UE Loyalist that she is 21 years of age and is married to John Lake a UE Loyalist son .... prays for 200 acres.
7 Mar 1807 sworn before Alexander Chisholm JP.
[fold] Received from James W Sherrard, (not Sharrard as on UE List), 14 March 1807, recommended for 200 acres, warrant P 49, issued 21 March 1807 by James W Sherrard
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V285, L8/35, C-2126, online at 19

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9. Letty Lake
PETITION 1812
15 Jan 1812, Petition of Letty Sine wife of John Sine, Sidney, that your petitioner is the daughter of Nicholas Lake of Sidney, deceased, formerly of Ernestown, an UE Loyalist that she is of age and married and has never received lands ... prays for 200 acres  [signed] her mark
She maketh oath before Solomon Hazelton JP and he certifies the petition, Sydney, 15 Jan 1812
[fold]  Rec'd Jas Sharrard 18 Sept 1812, Letty Sine dau. of the late Nicholas Lake of Sidney, deceased, formerly of Ernestown, Read in Council 20 Apr 1812, recommended for 200 acres, DUE. Warrant Z109 sent to the Attorney Gen'l 2 May 1812, entered in Land Book E, page 179
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V456a, S10/122, 1811-16, C-2811
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10. James Lake
BORN
Probably born about 1794 given that in 1797 his father states in a petition that his youngest child is 3 years of age.

PETITION 1818
Adolphustown, 28 Jan 1818,The petition of James Lake, Sydney, son of late Nicholas Lake, Sydney prays for 200 acres of waste lands and permit Patrick Strange of York to locate the same.
Sworn before Alexander Fisher JP and John Canniff, that he is the son of the late Nicholas lake, deceased previous to the late war [1812].
[49b] Solomon Hazelton certifys that James Lake of Rawdon has taken the oath of allegiance, 1 May 1818.
[49c] Major Simon McNabb, Captains William Ketcheson and John Thompson all certify that James Lake performed his duty during the late war as a private in the militia.
[fold] Rec'd from P Strange 16 May 1818. Read 20 May 1818, granted 200 acres. Warrant Y166 issued 2 June 1818 and entered into land book J page 346
Source: UCLP, RG1 L3, LAC, V287, L11/49, C-2126
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5. OTHER LAKE LOYALISTS
Christopher Lake: Ernestown, Soldier, KRRNY, P, Stamped Book, P.L., 1786
John Lake Senior: ditto, Son of
James Lake: ditto
Thomas Lake: J.D., By order in Council 23 July 1803, soldier, Loyal Rangers
Nicholas Lake: Ernestown, M.C. 750 to close all claims, soldier in Col Peters, L.B.M. 1790, OC 11 Nov 1797
Source: The centennial of the settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists, 1784-1884; the celebrations at Adolphustown, Toronto and Niagara, with an appendix, containing a copy of the U.E. List, preserved in the Crown Lands Department at Toronto, 1885, Rose Pub, page 202

March 1835, Elizabeth Walker, Murray, wife of the late Daniel Walker, formerely of Ernestown, dau of Christopher Lake, Ernestown, deceased, prays for 200 acres as a DUE, recommended
Source: UCLP, RG3 L1, LAC, V 533a, W18/196, C-2958, on line at page 832
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